Dogsthorpe grandfather Dennis Harbour couldn’t capitalise on a brilliant start as he bowed out of the BDO World Championships at the quarter final stage tonight (January 8).
Harbour won the first six legs against hot favourite Jeff ‘The Silencer’ Smith to win the first two sets, but struggled thereafter and crashed out 5-2. Smith at one stage won 10 legs in a row.
Harbour averaged over 102 in the first two sets and barely missed a shot at a finishing double. His first four darts at finishes were all successful. He finished one leg with a 140 checkout.
But the first break of the match arrived at the right time for Canadian Smith who recovered superbly from his dodgy start.
Smith, who had won 10 out of 11 sets in reaching the last eight, slowed his own game down to match Harbour’s methodical style and delivered a ruthless display against a fading opponent.
Smith won a tight third set 3-2, but won the fourth, fifth and sixth sets without dropping a leg.
Harbour survived three match darts in the seventh set to force a deciding leg, but Smith held his nerve and his throw to reach a second World semi-final in a row.
Harbour hit four 180s and takes home a career-best £6,500 for his efforts in reaching his first World Championship quarter-final after reaching the final stages at the Lakeside Country Cup for the first time in a decade.
If Harbour had won tonight he would have qualified automatically for next season’s World Championship Finals.
Smith said: “Credit to Dennis. He was on fire in those first two sets. I had to change my game to get the win.”